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PNS Daily Newscast - April 8, 2020 


COVID-19 prompts a car insurance break for some drivers. Also, a push for postal banking, and for grocery workers to be treated as first responders.

2020Talks - April 8, 2020 


Wisconsin held its primary yesterday in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. But a shortage of poll workers led to just five polling stations in Milwaukee instead of the usual 180.

Public News Service - ND: Senior

While volunteer levels have been affected by the pandemic, informal aid groups have formed across the country to help seniors get access to supplies and services. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As the global pandemic continues to unfold, friends and family of seniors worry about them being cut off from the rest of the world. In North Dakota, there's a new tool to help these individuals get the help they need. People across the country are being asked to engage in soci

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says in states like North Dakota, a growing proportion of residents ages 55 and older are either working or looking for work. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARK, N.D. - North Dakota is once again applying for federal grant money to fund its work-training program for older, low-income workers. Officials hope to raise awareness at a time when they say there are many opportunities for folks in this age group. Public comments are being accepted about

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program received $18 million in funding in fiscal year 2019. (alfexe/Adobe Stock)

BELCOURT, N.D. -- It's tax season, and a nationwide program is helping low-income North Dakotans prepare their returns for free. Legal Services of North Dakota is working with the Internal Revenue Service to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA program. It's available to folks wh

About 1 in 4 Social Security recipients in North Dakota relies on the money for 90% or more of their income. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- With the holidays coming to a close, some folks already are gearing up for another stressful time: tax season. But some North Dakotans could find it a bit easier to pay Uncle Sam in 2020. About 30,000 older adults will no longer have to pay a state income tax on their Social Sec

A fast-growing aging population will greatly increase demand for caregivers in the years to come. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. – As North Dakotans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, there are some who could use a little extra gratitude. About 68,000 North Dakotans are family caregivers, including Mary Beth Simmer of Fargo. She quit her job to provide care for her sister, who has passed away, but Simmer kno

BISMARCK, N.D. – With Veterans Day and the holiday season around the corner, con artists have many opportunities this time of year to prowl for unsuspecting victims. And some volunteer experts are ready to help North Dakotans avoid becoming prey. Doreen Riedman, associate state director fo

There are 29 different, standalone Medicare Part D prescription plans available to people in North Dakota for 2020. (AdobeStock)

BISMARCK, N. D. – It's almost time for the tens of thousands of North Dakotans with Medicare Part D plans to review their annual coverage. The open enrollment for Part D prescription plans starts in one week, on Oct. 15. AARP North Dakota State Director Josh Askvig encourages all Medicare ben

Caregivers are often asked to follow complex medical procedures for a loved one when they're released from a hospital, sometimes with minimal instruction. (Jack Lund/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – A new state law is expected to help family caregivers and hospitals in North Dakota better manage a patient's transition home. The CARE Act goes into effect Aug. 1, and it will ensure that patients and their caregivers are provided with an explanation and demonstration of an

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